The Great Pyrenees dog is confident, gentle (especially with children), and affectionate. While territorial and protective of its flock or family when necessary, its general demeanor is patience and loyalty. It is a strong-willed, independent and reserved breed. It is also attentive, quite fearless, and loyal to its duties. The Great Pyrenees' size makes it an imposing guardian. A dog of this breed will patrol its perimeter routinely to ensure the protection of its herd. The Great Pyrenees protects its flock by barking and being nocturnal, it tends to bark at night unless trained against such behavior. When there is a goat in distress, the well-trained Pyrenees will protect them at all costs. With two dogs each for the four goat herds in our four pastures, we have no trouble with foxes, bobcats, or coyotes. Our Great Pyrenees are CKC registered.
The Karakachan livestock guardian dog is an LGD breed that has been used for centuries as an integral part of the life of the nomadic shepherds of Bulgaria for sheep and goats. These Bulgarian dogs are rare in the U.S., having only been imported as LGDs in the past 10 years. They were bred to protect their livestock against bears and wolves. Karakachan dogs are either white with dark spots, or dark colored with white markings, white being a standard marking of these dogs. Average height and weight for males: 26-30 inches (65-75 cm.) and 99-135 lbs. Females: Height, 25-28 inches (63-72 cm.); weight, 88-125 lbs. The head is broad and massive with a short, powerful neck. Coats vary between long haired or short haired with a heavy undercoat. They shed their coats naturally in summer. Their gait is a springy trot, similar to the movement of a wolf. With a coyote problem, these dogs will surely be an asset to the herd.